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Definition of "soapbox" [soapbox]

  • A carton in which soap is packed. (noun)
  • A temporary platform used while making an impromptu or nonofficial public speech. (noun)
  • Informal To engage in impromptu or nonofficial public speaking, often flamboyantly. (verb-intransitive)
  • On (one's) soapbox Speaking one's views passionately or self-importantly. (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "soapbox" in a sentence
  • "The only real reason to target vices for taxation besides our Puritanical politicians on their soapbox is that tobacco and alcohol are very inelastic goods."
  • "If it weren't that they'd throw a massive amount of money at fixing a problem that doesn't need government's money to fix (It needs government to but the hell out and let the market correct itself and settle back down; but that's another conversation for another day, as I'm digressing, and the soapbox is getting a little rickety), I'd support them just to show how disillusioned I am with their party ..."
  • "You guys just seem upset that his soapbox is taller than yours."